UNLV vs. Stanford - 11/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Stanford Cardinal (2-0) at UNLV Rebels (2-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: UNLV Rebels +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UNLV Rebels and Stanford Cardinal play Friday night at the Barclays Center.
The UNLV Rebels are undefeated with wins over Morehead State and Sam Houston State. On the season, UNLV is averaging 59.5 points on 39 percent shooting and is allowing 58 points on 30.7 percent shooting. Rashad Vaughn leads UNLV with 22 points on 40.5 percent shooting and Christian Wood is averaging 9.5 points and nine rebounds. Cody Doolin leads the way with seven assists and Goodluck Okonoboh has been a force at both ends of the floor, especially the glass. The UNLV Rebels are one of many teams that’s capable of winning the MWC, especially with a bundle of quality recruits added to the mix. Dave Rice has one of his better teams since he’s been with the program and there’s a lot of pressure on him to succeed. UNLV should be one of the top defensive teams in the country this season.
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The Stanford Cardinal are 2-0 with wins over Wofford and South Dakota. On the season, Stanford is averaging 79 points on 47.1 percent shooting and is allowing 66 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Stefan Nastic leads Stanford with 20 points and eight rebounds, and Chasson Randle is averaging 17.5 points and three assists. Anthony Brown continues to be a force at both ends of the floor and Rosco Allen has really stepped his game up in his expanded role with nine points and 3.5 rebounds. The Stanford Cardinal aren’t mentioned much as a Pac-12 contender with Arizona and Utah standing in the way, but the Cardinal have the Pac-12’s top scorer returning and depth across the board. Stanford is a disciplined team that’s going to be tough to beat as long as it continues to get quality looks.
The Runnin' Rebels are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cardinal are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Mountain West and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.
I'm high on the UNLV Rebels and any time I can get points with them, I'm taking them. While Stanford is a smart basketball team at both ends of the court, UNLV is great defensively and has improved offensively over the years. Don't be shocked if the Rebels win outright.